Museums have been encouraged to work in partnership lately. So the news that 70s US rockers Cheap Trick have decided to open a museum/restaurant combo in Chicago is the way forward for these institutions.
Inspired by this I went into the attic to find my cardboard box of vinyl rock and I believe I have come up with the future for bands that no longer attract the younger listener and therefore ripe for 'museumifying' in partnership with appropriate organisations.
Look at the list of bands below and those of you of a certain age will soon be itching to get on to iTunes to relive those days when you had hair, energy and an unforgivable fashion sense. The list will give you an indication of my age and musical taste, which has certainly entered the museum stage.
AC/DC & AGL (Australia's leading integrated renewable energy company) to create the Powerage Museum
Can & the Wehrmachtskanister company (the Jerry Can Company to you and me) to open the Flow Motion Museum
I predict Deep Purple and the Meteorological Office will combine to create the Stormbringer Museum
Black Sabbath and MIND are bound to open the Paranoid Museum
KISS and BAE Systems must open the Love Gun Museum
Lynyrd Skynyrd and the Received Pronunciation Society may open the Pronounced Leh-nerd Skin-nerd Museum
The Clash & O2 will have a London Calling museum very soon
Bad Company and any banking organisation can reproduce the Bad Company Museum any time they like
For those under 40 this list will be meaningless to you (just like museums). But before you scoff just remember in 30 years time you will be blogging about JLS's partnership with the new space mission to Mars to create the Outta This World exhibition. You heard it here first.
Next week comedy singles and philosophy featuring Bertrand Russell's Authority and the Individual: meditations on 'Ernie the Fastest Milkman in the West'